Julie from Los Angeles in the Wild is doing a series of interviews of bloggers who have full-time jobs as well.
Discover my full interview here
What’s your 9-to-5? (or 6-to-2 or 11-to-7)? You get the idea. No need to list your employer) :
I’m a production manager at a 3D animation studio. I’m currently working on an animated TV-show for NBCUniversal / Dreamworks. In the past, I worked in movies like Ballerina (Leap! in the USA). My day-to-day consists of managing 50+ artists and making sure we deliver the project on time as well as on budget; Client communication is also a key task in my daily activities. My favourite part of working in an animation studio is to be with very talented artists and to see all the beautiful things they draw, animate & light. I love to see the whole process coming to life every day and see how we go from an idea on paper to a character moving in 3D.
Location: Montreal, Canada
I’ve been living in Montreal for the past 13 years. I’m originally from Venezuela and I’ve lived in France when I was a kid.
What was your main drive behind your blog?
I like to share travel tips on what to do and where to eat and drink. In the past, I’ve found myself wondering “is there more to a city than what I just saw?”, “I’ve tried 2 crappy restaurants in this destination, I’m sure there must be a good one nearby, but which one is it?”. In my blog, I thrive to answers those questions for future travellers who might find themselves in similar situations.
What topics does your blog cover?
This blog is for wannabe nomads, for those that want to explore the world but don’t want to quit their full-time job. The blog mainly focuses on exploring weekend getaways near Montreal and other world destinations as part of my yearly 2-week vacation.
What are the top things to do in Montreal?
Difficult question! Montreal is a big city with multiple identities. There are lots of arts, great food and very nice areas to discover. My main suggestion would be to leave the main tourist spots like downtown and the old port and go visit some beautiful neighbourhoods where locals go.
The Mile-End, one of the world hipster headquarters, has cute artsy shops and the best bagels in town!
Go to Montreal’s South-West boroughs, stop by the Atwater market, a public market where the aromas of freshly picked strawberries and cooking herbs will make you want to stop at every stand. Then, take a walk in the banks of the Lachine canal for an astonishing view of the city’s skyline. Just 3 blocks north, there is Notre-Dame street where you can stop at one of the best restaurants, bars or cafes. The uneven 2 floors buildings with red brick from the early 20th century make up the charm of this gentrified working-class neighbourhoods.
For a complete guide of things to do in Montreal, follow my series #BRBinMontreal, to discover Montreal like a local.
You can never leave your home without…
A scarf. I took the habit of always having one in my purse while living in Canada because you never know when it’s going to get chilly. You can use it in winter and in summer. Also, when travelling, it can be useful to carry around if you want to visit a religious site that requests you to cover your shoulders or head.
How do you find time to blog?
Blogging can be very time-consuming. You don’t only write your post and tweak your pictures, you need to participate in blogging threads and do a lot of outreach. I do most of the outreach and blogging threads during the week, after work. I can easily spend around 1h-2h per day which allows me to write full posts and edit my pictures during the weekend.
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